Community engagement

Community engagement is an essential component of the Berry to Bomaderry, Princes Highway upgrade.

Community and stakeholder engagement started in March 2006 and has included public displays, meetings with residents and relevant stakeholders, participation in value management workshops, distribution of community updates, letters to householders, emails to registered stakeholders and telephone calls to property owners.

A preliminary concept design for the proposed Berry to Bomaderry highway upgrade was displayed in April 2012 followed by a series of community focus group meetings in May and June 2012 held in Berry and Nowra. During these sessions Roads and Maritime worked with the local community to improve the concept design and progress the planning for the Berry to Bomaderry highway upgrade.

A revised concept design was made available to the community in the March 2013 community update.

This update outlined the changes made to the design as a result of community consultation, design reviews and environmental studies.

The concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for the project were placed on public display from 1 November to 29 November 2013, with the community asked to provide comment through the formal REF submissions process.

Roads and Maritime carefully considered the feedback received and has determined the REF.

submissions report  summarising the issues raised in response to the display and Roads and Maritime's responses to those issues has been published.  This report can be viewed or downloaded from the project documents page.

Issues register

Roads and Maritime produced an issues register (PDF, 100KB) summarising questions, comments and concerns raised by the community and stakeholders during the development of the concept design.

The register offers a record of concerns raised during community focus group sessions, meetings with affected stakeholders, from visitors to the project office in Berry, calls to the project information line and project email address. The register also details the reasoning behind decisions Roads and Maritime has made about the proposed concept design.

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